Earth Care Fellowship

The LPPC Earth Care Fellowship was formed in 1998 when the church Session developed our "Earth Covenant, A Congregational Covenant for Earth Community" document. This document was developed and approved by Session to publicly declare our intention to assume responsibility for the care of our Earth Community and Mother Earth. We are members of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light; for updates on ongoing projects please visit nm-ipl.org.


The Earth Care Fellowship regularly meets to organize our Earth Care activities including the four Solstice/Equinox/Vesper celebrations, care of the Community Jubilee Garden, and highway cleanup days.

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Solstice & Equinox Celebrations

LPPC holds solstice and equinox celebrations or “Earth Vespers” services at the change of each season. These vesper celebrations are a regular joint offering of the Earth Care Fellowship of LPPC and the Partnership for Earth Spirituality of Albuquerque.

The Earth Care Fellowship greatly values the opportunity to sponsor our Spring and Autumn Equinox services and our Winter and Summer Solstice services, held consistently since 1998. Here are some descriptions of past celebrations:

  • The Spring Equinox occurs on or about March 21. We have celebrated with Celtic harp, bodrun, and liturgy.
  • The Summer Solstice, when the longest day and shortest night of the year occur, is on or about June 21. This might feature an early morning hike in the beautiful Sandia Mountains.
  • The Autumn Equinox occurs on or about September 21. We have held services in the evening giving thanks for the abundant harvest we have each year.
  • Our Winter Solstice celebration is held on or around December 21. It has become a popular community tradition, with candlelight poetry readings by the light of a single candle.
  • Dancing in Darkness to Hold the Light: the 2021 Winter Solstice Poetry Reading was held December 19 at 7 p.m.  This event was livestreamed only. To download the 2021 chapbook click here.

Celebrate Earth Day 2022 with us

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration is “Endangered Species.” Our celebration will begin in our church garden on Saturday, April 23 when we have a Blessing of the Animals” at 11:30 a.m. During this service, you are invited to bring any of your beloved pets so long as they are on a leash. (Well, maybe not your pet cougar). Please invite your friends to bring their animals to church that day as well!

On Sunday, April 24th our 10:30 service will be focused on the theme of endangered species, and we will also be holding an adult forum right after the 8:30 service. Our special guest for that forum will be Dr. Bob Parmenter, who is the Division Chief of Science and Research Stewardship at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Dr. Parmenter will be giving a presentation on endangered species research and work at the Preserve. Please come out and give Dr. Parmenter a warm LPPC welcome!